[FoRK] email to rss?

Jeffrey Kay jeff at jeffreykay.com
Sun May 3 15:22:37 PDT 2009

Perhaps you just need a treadmill that has a full-fledged keyboard, like
mine --


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-----Original Message-----
From: luis.villa at gmail.com [mailto:luis.villa at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Luis
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 10:59 AM
To: Jeffrey Kay
Cc: Friends of Rohit Khare
Subject: Re: [FoRK] email to rss?

On Sun, May 3, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Jeffrey Kay <jeff at jeffreykay.com> wrote:
> www.dodgeit.com has had this for a long time, but it's mostly used as 
> a spam trap.  If you are going to purposely redirect postings from a 
> public lists (no password protection on dodgeit either), you could 
> redirect the messages to a GUID at dodgeit.com and then get the RSS feed.

thanks- I'll poke at that, though I'd prefer to do it with a script/service
I host myself.

> You'd have to then go back
> to your e-mail account to actually reply

I've not seen any approaches (other than doing it in the mail reader
itself) that don't have this problem, unfortunately.

> Another approach might be to organize your inbox into 2 streams -- 
> your primary inbox, with mail from folks that you actually have to 
> read and a second inbox where everything else goes (the "river").  I 
> turn off alerts from my inbox (I use Outlook) and just scan the river 
> once in a while.  This is based on Dave Winer's "River of News" approach.

'River of news' is the basic approach I'd like to use, so I'd be happy to do
this in a separate mail account, but there is a hitch.

Part of my discipline for doing this right now with minimal interrupts (for
rss feeds) is to only do this on the treadmill. Unfortunately, I've yet to
find a mail reader that can do this well with only 4 keys, which is all I
have accessible on the treadmill, since I'm using a slideshow remote to
control the thing. Specifically, as I have it set up in the news reader, I
have one key for 'star' (aka 'respond to when I'm off the treadmill), one
for 'next', one for 'previous', and one for scrolling down (arrow key)
through long posts. Most mail clients differentiate between 'next mail' in a
thread and 'next thread', which pushes you up to five keys (or six if you
want to go back to a thread you've accidentally read past.)

So one alternative could easily be 'show me a mail client I can manipulate
with 2 keys + scroll down + 'star'' :)


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